Tuesday, May 8, 2012
3 social media sites I haven't quite figured out
The ultimate goal, I suppose, is to spread the word once I've got a book out. But really I'm having fun and loving the awesome new people I make connections with and the amazing things I find. I love it and want to do as much as I can.
However, with all that said, there are 3 social media sites that I would love to use, but haven't quite figured out yet. I guess I kind of need help. They are sites that could potentially have huge benefits, I just can't seem to figure out how to work them.
1. Goodreads: I know that, being a writer, its odd and not a good thing for me to say that I don't get how to use Goodreads. I know, and that's exactly why I'm coming to you all for help. Obviously it has huge potential, and hello, it's a site for people actively looking for their next read. The thing is, I'm having an awkward time trying to figure out how to communicate with people on the site in the same large-scale way you can on places like Twitter or blogging. Not that small scale isn't worthwhile, I guess on Goodreads it just seems very intimidating. Especially not having a book out, I'm just not sure how to go about it. Tips?
2. Tumblr: Another beneficial site that's only becoming more and more popular. I think on this one its the format that's complicating things for me. It's just really difficult to keep track of things on Tumblr. Again, I'm just not sure the best way to contact people, which makes it hard to know how to spread the word. How do you get your Tumblr in front of people? I mean, I know that the strategy I've used for this blog is to find other blogs and comment on them and do that a lot and that seems simple enough. Is that basically it on Tumblr as well? I mean, just posting regularly and liking and reposting and commenting on other people's stuff? It just seems intimidating to keep a handle on it all on Tumblr, but maybe that's just the nature of the beast.
3. StumbleUpon: This is the one where I'm really, really lost. I've at least spent a little time fiddling around on the other sites trying to figure things out, but not so much on this one. But I still want to use it, because I've heard it has huge referral potential, and that's its growing in popularity as well. So I don't want to miss out on what it could do for me. I suppose I'll just have to play around more on this one too and see what I can see, but anyone a user of StumbleUpon who can give tips on how to use it the most successfully?
Anyway, I could really use some tips if you have experience on these sites. Or even if you don't, it might be worth checking these ones out because, like I said, huge benefit potential, and we can learn together. But yeah, any ideas?